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Big Gun: Don Marti PDF Print E-mail
on Saturday, 12 February 2005

Image Don Marti, a graduate of Indiana University, is Editor-in-Chief of Linux Journal. He is responsible for directing the editorial content of the magazine and its web site, LinuxJournal.com. He is best known for his outstanding support of the Linux community as a whole, and his community activism. Don helped organize Windows Refund Day and Burn All GIFs Day. He co-founded Electric Lichen, LLC, and joined VA Software (formerly VA Research) when it acquired his firm in 1999.

Started in 1994, Linux Journal, published by SpecializedSystemsConsultants (SSC) of Seattle, has become well-known as the Linux community's most trusted-source of information. Inside every monthly issue of Linux Journal you'll find articles on all levels of developing and using Linux and the software that runs on it, tips and tricks, in-depth tutorials, concise product reviews, insights from leading Linux personalities and much more.

Linux is an operating system, like Windows or the Mac Operating Systems. It was designed to work like Unix, but on a PC. Unlike Windows and Mac, Linux is Open Source, and there is a wide variety of distributions to choose from � most of them free of charge. Linux Journal has been serving the Open Source community for many years, and Editor-in-Chief Don Marti spoke to us about the difference between Open Source and proprietary software.
Don: If you go to most of the free software sites, you can click down a couple of levels and find the GPL, you can find the ex-licence, and the anti-licence, whichever terms and conditions you have to accept in order to use that software. Now, when a proprietary software company buries it so you can�t even read it, until after you have paid for the product, then they�re asking you to turn off part of your brain, they�re asking you to turn off part of your ability �eh � to work with other people and to do business, when you use their software.
Marc: Most people also say that there�s no way you can make money with regards to Open Source.
Don: There�s no way to make money with � eh � the English language: I come up with � em � new words, phrases, analogies, all kinds of �eh � fun stuff in the English language, and people paraphrase what I had to say, and make money talking about some of the same things that I did. If I tried to lock down what I talk about and what I write about the same way as a proprietary software company does, the whole industry of speaking, writing, media, would be over litigious, and transaction costs would be prohibitive.
Marc: How do you now adapt your magazine for readers entering the Linux market?
Don: If you want to get started from Linux, starting from no Linux experience at all, you�re best off buying a good book, or buying a good box set of distributionables. If someone came to Linux with the point of view of � make this exactly as easy to use and work exactly the same way as my existing proprietary OS or I�m outta here, then, that person is not worth spending as much time on, as on somebody who says �I want to make this product work for me.�
Marc: The future of Linux: how d�you see it � eh � in the next two, three years?
Don: All the small-time OS�s are gonna have their market share taken away � eh � by Linux, and it�s gonna be down to Linux, and Microsoft on the server side.

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